The brainchild of magazine editor John Entenza, the program drew well-known architects including Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Richard Neutra.
Throughout the book are spectacular photographs of modernist glass- and patio-filled homes.
Only some were actually built, but in here are some housing icons including the Stahl House that overlooks LA.
So anyone wanting to investigate Mid-Century house design a little, without buying a weighty tome, this is the book for you.
Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to re-define the modern home, and thus had a pronounced influence on architecture - American and international - both during the program's existence and even to this day.
TASCHEN brings you a monumental retrospective of the entire program with comprehensive documentation, brilliant photographs from the period and, for the houses still in existence, contemporary photos, as well as extensive floor plans and sketches.440pp, A pristine copy in the publisher's original printed shipping box, as issued. Laid in are: a Taschen press release announcing publication of the book; a Taschen announcement regarding the event at which the book was signed at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on April 14, 2002; a gallery announcement card for an exhibition by Pierre Koenig at the Craig Krull Gallery between May 25 and June 29, 2002; and a 4-16-2002 L. Times article "Living Legends of Architecture: Case Study Alumni Reunite to Celebrate Their Contributions to California's Housing Industry" reporting on the event at which this book was signed. Times article on Edward Killingsworth's personal residence. What is likely to be the definitive reference work on John Entenza & "Arts Architecture" Magazine's historic "Case Study House" program, this massive undertaking on the influential post-war design competition is filled throughout with Julius Shulman's gorgeous vintage photographs. The program, which concentrated on the Los Angeles area and oversaw the design of 36 prototype homes, sought to make available plans for modern residences that could be easily and cheaply constructed during the postwar building boom. Smith, Julius Shulman, Pierre Koenig, Beverly Thorne, Edward Killingsworth, and Donald Hensman on the title page at a reception and book signing on the event of the publication of "Case Study Houses" by Taschen on April 4, 2002 at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Walker, Thornton Abell, Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr., William Wilson Wurster and Theodore Bernardi, Buff, Straub and Hensman, Killingsworth, Brady and Smith, A. Prototypes for everyone The Case Study House program (1945-66) was an exceptional, innovative event in the history of American architecture and remains to this day unique.While not all the projects were built, each received a detailed spread in the magazine, including drawings and models.Some of the architectural drawings are lovely, drawn with the movement and fluidity of a master.The program's chief motivating force was Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza, a champion of modernism who had all the right connections to attract some of architecture's greatest talents, such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen.Highly experimental, the program generated houses that were designed to redefine the modern home, and thus had a pronounced influence on architecture-American and international-both during the program's existence and even to this day.Each house (and there are many more than I had originally realized) is given a small description citing major innovations, interesting or unusual facts or features, and how it fit into the overall arc of the program.The text is accompanied by floor plans, original renderings by the architects, and photographs taken for publication shortly after construction.The book only touches br A nice little overview of the Case Study House program started by Arts & Architecture magazine in the 1940's.The book only touches briefly on the program's significance and mentions almost nothing about it's wider cultural influence.